One of the most underrated bands in Norwegian music history is Matchstick Sun.
In the mid 80s, it began showing up large quantities of Norwegian bands in addition to being Norwegian, both sold well and got good reviews and was immensely popular.
"The Big Four" is the main example, Dum Dum Boys, Raga Rockers, De Lillo and Foo Fighters. The similarity between them was obvious that the song in Norwegian. It was suddenly cool to like Norwegian music, music magazines Beat and the Pulse had good times and even opened up for bands who chose to sing in English (Vidar Arnesen Salary and Norwegian in Norwegian dismay).
Matchstick Sun was formed by Ivar Eidem (vocals) and Rune Annaniassen (bass) from the legendary The Cut, along with the equally legendary Bulle (Lions and tigers, Concrete Hysteria) and Rolf Recknagels (as an incarnation of the Press).
Initially called the Diamond Dogs (as Eidem also called again for a short period after Matchstick Sun was dissolved), but they changed the name to Matchstick Sun in 1988. And in 1989 they released their debut album Flower Ground to ecstatic reviews. They went out touring Norway and crowned the work of Norwegian Grammys for Best Newcomer.
In 1990 they released the sequel Itchy Bitchy, still to sparkling kritikkern. But this time it was not the same disc sales of it. Shortly afterwards went to their members each. Bulle The Lust-O-Rama, Recknagels started Yeah Love Swans, Annaniassen to Sister Rain eventually Merchants Of Venus - while Eidem went solo after a brief attempt to keep the name Diamond Dogs.
But before the rapid break-up was thus Flower Ground in force, and the light psychedeliske pop music mixed with a little rock and punk did also the reviewers to get off the shaft. The album also sold well and the band already had an excellent reputation as a live band.
The disc contains a stack stone of good songs, including the hit "It's Just A Matter", as well as goodies such as "We Seem To Vanish," "Flower Ground" and "You And Me" - which was also used in the film Toxic Lies (Pelle and Proffen) .
Hear "It's Just A Matter»
Hear "We Seem To Vanish»
Listen to "You And Me"